Clarke welcomes launch of Debt Action NI service in Down District

Down District Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the launch of a free debt action advice service, aimed at helping people worried about their money or who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Councillor Patrick Clarke, who attended the launch of ‘Debt Action NI’ at the Ballymote Centre in Downpatrick on Wednesday October 3, believes the service will provide a lifeline for anyone who is currently experiencing financial difficulties.

Advice NI, in partnership with MindWise, are funding the new integrated Debt Action NI service that will offer more accessible debt advice services to people which is free totally confidential and independent.

Councillor Patrick Clarke said: “I warmly welcome the establishment of the new integrated Debt Action NI service in Down District that will offer people professional advice on any money problems and experiencing financial difficulties.

“This new free service can help people cope with everyday financial struggles and assist with maximising income, budgeting and working out how much money is available to pay debts and which debts need to be paid first.

“Debt Action NI can contact creditors and can assist in getting them to freeze interest, waive charges and agree realistic repayment offers.

“I believe this new service at the Ballymote Centre in Downpatrick could prove a lifeline for any person who is struggling with debt and experiencing financial difficulties in this present economic climate.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to talk about and get advice on managing their money and debts to contact the freephone helpline on 0800 917 4607 to speak directly to an adviser.

“Or contact their local adviser Colm Chambers on 028 44 616527 at the Ballymote Centre in Downpatrick or log onto

“I have also invited Colm Chambers from Debt Action NI to make a presentation to Council so as many Councillors can be informed of this new debt advice service in order to advise their constituents.”

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